Maker: Toad Hollow Cellars, Paso Robles, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
Toad Hollow Cellars seems to have our number dialed in. We really liked their Erik's the Red, and Toad Hollow Cacophony Zinfandel 2006 is at least as pleasing. This Zin starts with black cherry and plum notes, and after this fruity introduction, the flavor explodes with more fruit, spice, and soft tannins. This is the kind of Zin we like - big and bold, with a playful attitude.
I paired this with grilled tenderloins, which proved to be a perfect combination.
According to the Toad Hollow website, "Our fifth release of the Toad Hollow Cacophony Zinfandel is a Paso Robles appellation where the long hot days and chilly nights are just what zinfandel vines thrive upon. The new offering is 92% zinfandel with a smattering of other fun Paso Robles area varietals folded in for additional character, and dare I say, excitement!"
Toad Hollow has a number of other reds, including a Merlot and two Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley. Based on my experience with Erik's "proprietary red" and their Cacophony Zinfandel, I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do with these traditionally lighter reds.